Are you Suited for Mini Implants?
Dental patients with missing teeth may not know the options available for filling in the gaps in their smiles. While dentures and conventional dental implants are a popular treatment choice, you have an alternative with mini dental implants, also known as MDIs or Narrow Body Implants. These prosthetics provide benefits for smile improvement and make treatment flexible for qualifying patients.
What are Mini Implants?
Mini implants are made from the same titanium alloy material as conventional implants but are smaller and narrower in size. While conventional implants are around 3 mm in diameter, MDIs are about half that and just as sturdy. The solid, one-piece design can prevent the need for a bone graft in some cases, and the procedure is less invasive than conventional implants. Typically, the process for placing mini implants takes one to two hours under a local anesthetic and has a full recovery time of only a few days.
How Can You Tell if You are a Good Candidate for Mini Implants?
Mini implants aren’t right for everyone, but if you are a patient in need of multiple implants, have degenerative bone that won’t allow for traditional implants or need to secure dentures in place, minis may be the fit for you. Some patients are better suited for the conventional implants but benefit from having a mini implant installed as a temporary fix. The most significant benefit of minis over conventional implants is the cost; MDIs are often a fraction of the price of traditional implants.
When Conventional Implants Might be a Better Fit
Conventional implants and dentures either can be a better alternative to mini implants depending on your circumstances. Full-sized implants have a larger surface area, making them more stable, but do require certain bone volume levels for integration. Conventional implants also consist of separate pieces that are added in phases. If you suffer from teeth grinding, mini implants are generally not recommended, as the grinding can wear down the implants prematurely.
In the end, one implant is not definitively better than another. Making a decision on what will work for you involves examining your unique health concerns and factors that contribute to implant success.
Dr. Okamoto and his staff want to make sure you know and are comfortable with all the options available to you when it comes to restoration with dental implants.